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Starbucks Closing
Student Life

Starbucks Closing

A longtime staple of Harvard Square, Starbucks closed Sunday. The Harvard Shop, which is affiliated with Harvard Student Agencies, will move into the space in 2022.

Las Palmas
Food and Drink

Dominican Restaurant Las Palmas Opens in Harvard Square

Family-owned Dominican restaurant Las Palmas Restaurant & Catering celebrated the opening of its third location two weeks ago, joining Blackbird Doughnuts and Sally’s Sandwiches in the Smith Campus Center’s remodeled arcade.

Cambridge Uncommon Pop-Up Shop
Harvard Square

Cambridge Uncommon Pop-Up Store Debuts in Harvard Square

Cambridge Uncommon, a local e-commerce start-up, opened its first ever pop-up shop on the second floor of the Cambridge Savings Bank building on Oct. 21.

Head of the Charles 1
Men's Crew

Cambridge Hosts First Head of the Charles Regatta in Two Years

Harvard affiliates, tourists, and volunteers convened at the Charles River this past weekend to attend the Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the world’s largest rowing events.

Sally's Sandwiches
Harvard Square

Blackbird Doughnuts Returns to the Smith Campus Center with Sally’s Sandwiches In Tow

More than a year after Covid-19 forced Blackbird Doughnuts to close, the artisanal donut shop has returned to the Smith Campus Center with a savory surprise in tow: Sally’s Sandwiches.

Blue Bottle Reopening
Harvard Square

Better Latte than Never: Blue Bottle to Reopen in Harvard Square

Blue Bottle Coffee is set to return to Harvard Square in late October, months after the chain announced the permanent closure of its Square location.

Women in Business
Harvard Square

Female Entrepreneurs in Harvard Square Reflect on Challenges, Opportunities

Every October, National Women’s Small Business Month honors the numerous contributions of female entrepreneurs to local economies. In recognition, The Crimson spoke with some of the women who run popular establishments in Harvard Square.

Women in Business
Food and Drink

Women in Business

Shoshanah Garber is the owner of Black Sheep Bagels, a popular breakfast spot in Harvard Square.

Chinese Restaurant Wusong Road
Food and Drink

Wusong Road, Chinese American Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Slated for Late Fall Harvard Square Debut

Harvard Square will soon welcome Wusong Road, a newly established Chinese American restaurant and tiki bar headed by chef Jason Doo and Thomas Brush, the owner of Felipe’s Taqueria.

Darwins Square Unionization
Harvard Square

Employees at Local Coffee Shops Forge Ahead With Unionization Efforts

Harvard Square coffee chains Pavement Coffeehouse and Darwin’s Ltd. have moved to unionize in recent months as the stores seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

jfk st
Harvard Square

Chase Bank Branch to Open in Center of Harvard Square in 2022

The business will be housed at 9 JFK St. — across from CVS — and is part of a 60 branch expansion into New England that Chase announced in 2018, per JPMorgan Chase spokesperson Briana Curran. Currently, Chase’s only presence in the Square is an ATM in the Harvard Square MBTA station.

Pamplona Outside
Student Life

Bee Club Buzzes into Former Café Pamplona Location

The all-female Bee Club has its own clubhouse once again, thanks to a $2.2 million purchase of the building that formerly housed Café Pamplona by the club’s president, a College junior.

Hoedown on Holyoke
Harvard Square

‘Hoedown on Holyoke’ Brings BBQ and Country Music to Harvard Square

Holyoke Street came alive Sunday as people square danced, ate barbeque, and drank beer at the “Hoedown on Holyoke,” a day-long block party organized by the Harvard Square Business Association.

HSQ Changes During Covid
Food and Drink

What’s New? What’s Gone? A Look at 12 Businesses in Harvard Square

In the past 18 months, Harvard Square has undergone an extensive transformation, with new shops opening during the pandemic, as well as long-established stores closing for renovations or leaving the Square for good.

Spicies
Food and Drink

Longtime Square Staple Spicies To Close, Making Way For Boston Ramen Co.

After serving Thai food in Harvard Square for over two decades, Spicies will shutter its doors in the coming weeks, with Boston Ramen Co. set to take over the space.

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